Billings, Mont. – A state panel created to help prevent a repeat of last year’s oil spill into the Yellowstone River is calling for technology upgrades by companies and more money for pipeline inspectors.
Those recommendations are in a report due for release Tuesday by the governor-appointed Pipeline Safety Review Council.
Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer formed the council after a 1,500-barrel crude oil spill from an Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel.
Federal inspectors working with the state later found dozens of river crossings where erosion left pipelines exposed to hazards.